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The dwarf planets defied expectations when NASA’s spacecraft arrived.
Since 2006, SpaceX has received about $2 billion from NASA for these flights and used some of those funds to finalize development of the Dragon spacecraft and Falcon 9 rocket.
The maneuver tweaked the trajectory of the spacecraft, reorienting it toward its target, where it is expected to arrive in late 2018.
The project also would be used to perfect technologies, ranging from electric propulsion to in-orbit refueling of spacecraft, required for long-distance missions to Mars.
The latest count is 62 moons, six of them found by the spacecraft Cassini.
But Cassini is just one of the 42 spacecraft that found their final resting places on other planets.
The image above and the natural color image below were taken by the Cassini spacecraft on July 17.
But the small moon wasn’t officially discovered until 1990, when Mark Showalter and his colleagues took a good look at images returned by the Voyager 2 spacecraft and found the moon that is responsible for the gap’s existence.
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